April 2022 | Ageism Unmasked: Exploring Age Bias and How to End It by Tracey Gendron

Why do we still tolerate stereotypes and discrimination based on age?
This bold account of the history and present-day realities of ageism by a nationally recognized gerontologist and speaker uncovers ageism’s roots, impact, and how each of us can create a new reality of elderhood. 

Thursday April 14 at 2pm: https://tinyurl.com/UFPbookclub1
Thursday April 28 at 2pm: https://tinyurl.com/UFPbookclub2

March 2022 | The Broken Ladder: How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live, and Die by Keith Payne

In The Broken Ladder psychologist Keith Payne examines how inequality divides us not just economically; it also has profound consequences for how we think, how we respond to stress, how our immune systems function, and even how we view moral concepts such as justice and fairness.
 
Thursday March 10 at 2pm: https://tinyurl.com/UFPbookclub1
Thursday March 24 at 2pm: https://tinyurl.com/UFPbookclub2

 

February 2022 | Being Seen:  THE POWER OF REST AND RETREAT IN DIFFICULT TIMES, by ELSA SJUNNESON

Being Seen: One Deafblind Woman's Fight to End AbleismA Deafblind writer and professor explores how the misrepresentation of disability in books, movies, and TV harms both the disabled community and everyone else.  Part memoir, part cultural criticism, part history of the Deafblind experience, Being Seen explores how our cultural concept of disability is more myth than fact, and the damage it does to us all.

Thursday February 10 at 2pm: https://tinyurl.com/UFPbookclub1
Thursday February 24 at 2pm: https://tinyurl.com/UFPbookclub2

JANUARY 2022: KATHERINE MAY’S WINTERING:  THE POWER OF REST AND RETREAT IN DIFFICULT TIMES

A moving personal narrative shot through with lessons from literature, mythology, and the natural world, May’s story offers instruction on the transformative power of rest and retreat. Wintering invites us to change how we relate to our own fallow times. May models an active acceptance of sadness and finds nourishment in deep retreat, joy in the hushed beauty of winter, and encouragement in understanding life as cyclical, not linear. A secular mystic, May forms a guiding philosophy for transforming the hardships that arise before the ushering in of a new season.

Thursday January 13 at 2pm: https://tinyurl.com/UFPbookclub1
Thursday January 27 at 2pm: https://tinyurl.com/UFPbookclub2

NOVEMBER: IAN WILLIAMS’ DISORIENTATION: BEING BLACK IN THE WORLD

Bestselling, Scotiabank Giller Award-winning writer Ian Williams brings fresh eyes and new insights to today’s urgent conversation on race and racism in startling, illuminating essays that grow out of his own experience as a Black man moving through the world.

Inspired by the essays of James Baldwin, in which the personal becomes the gateway to larger ideas, Williams explores such things as the unmistakable moment when a child realizes they are Black; the ten characteristics of institutional whiteness; how friendship forms a bulwark against being a target of racism; the meaning and uses of a Black person’s smile; and blame culture—or how do we make meaningful change when no one feels responsible for the systemic structures of the past. With these essays, Williams wants to reach a multi-racial audience of people who believe that civil conversation on even the most charged subjects is possible. Examining the past and the present in order to speak to the future, he offers new thinking, honest feeling, and his astonishing, piercing gift of language.

The Non-Fiction Bookclub is open to all, and meets twice each month to talk about that month’s book. We meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 2pm. 
2nd Thursday: https://tinyurl.com/UFPbookclub1
4th Thursday: https://tinyurl.com/UFPbookclub2